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Nick Gatel (ngatel) - BPL Lifetime Member

My Locale Southern California
About Me Started backpacking in the 1960's and still going strong.
CityPalm Springs
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All Forum Posts by Nick Gatel

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Re: Maximized walking/hiking shoe design
I am probably not going to win any friends with my comments, but here goes... Over the past few years I have been doing a lot of experimenting with footwear. You name it, I have probably tried i...

In GEAR » Maximized walking/hikinbg shoe design
September 13, 12:56am

Re: "Expert" List Needs Fresh Perspective
Sam, "I have been practicing UL backpacking techniques for about five years now"..."has worked smashingly." Great list overall and it works for you. Sometimes it is best t...

In Gear Lists » "Expert" List Needs Fresh Perspective
September 12, 11:56pm

Re: REI Flash 18
+1 on the Flash 18. Great for carrying water and some other small items to include rain gear. No waist belt needed.

In GEAR » Daypacks for tall individuals
September 12, 11:11pm

Re: Need Help with My big 4!!
My thoughts... Bag is fine. Neo Air is fine. You can save a few ounces, but will you be comfortable? Tent is a little heavy, but to save a lot weight here, you will need to move to somethi...

In Gear Lists » Need Help with My big 4!!
September 10, 8:16pm

Re: New Tim Marshall Epiphany Under Quilt

In Gear Swap » New Tim Marshall Epiphany Under Quilt
September 10, 12:55am

Re: I don't like hiking.
I started backpacking to get to the better fishing spots. Soon I stopped taking the fishing gear because I liked the hiking better, and the fishing just became a distraction to the hike.

In Chaff » I don't like hiking.
September 10, 12:51am

Re: photos of your sleeping pad(s) with backpack?
Gossamer Gear Mariposa Plus Gossamer Gear Murmu

In GEAR » photos of your sleeping pad(s) with backpack?
September 10, 12:49am

Re: Pack Recomendation
Fred, You have some very specific needs, probably outside of most folks' expertise here on BPL. Here is what I would do... contact Dan McHale at McHale Alpine Packs (

In General Lightweight Backpacking Discussion » Pack Recomendation
September 07, 9:49pm

Re: Re: Kili hike partner - I have wife permission!
Craig, Anytime starting at the beginning of October you want to go. Don't expect any snow before Thanksgiving. Ojas and I did a route from Idlywild last week (Marion Trail). That allowed ...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Kilimanjaro
September 06, 11:56pm

Re: Kili hike partner - I have wife permission!
Joe, Thanks for the offer. I will definitely keep you in mind. I have several trips on my calendar over the next few weeks, so I am not going to spend any serious time researching until November...

In Hiking Partners / Group Trip Announcements » Kilimanjaro
September 06, 11:53pm

All Reader Reviews by Nick Gatel

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BPL Beartooth Merino Wool Hoody
Cool enough in 82F weather, warm in cool weather. Hood replaces light cap and light baclava. One piece of gear replaces several single items! Sizing is not 'standard.' But... if you review ...

In Clothing - Baselayer & Fleece - WOOL
March 09, 11:38pm

ULA Equipment
5/5 It seems that from earlier reviews, ULA has solved the communication issues with the addition of Casey to the staff, which must have solved that void. Not only was the communication great (t...

In 1 - COMPANIES (Customer Service)
February 23, 1:49am